Man jailed over sex acts filming

Michael Ellis
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An attacker who repeatedly sexually assaulted a sleeping woman and took pictures and videos has been jailed for 16 months, after a judge said he had never known a case like it.

Ex- Asda worker Michael Ellis, 36, messaged at least one of the mobile phone pictures of the sex acts to someone else and although there was no specific evidence any images ever ended up on the internet, they could have been, Burnley Crown Court heard.

The court was told how Ellis had an active sex life which included the “regular” taking of consensual photos and videos of his activities on a mobile phone, for his own consumption.

Following the offences and after the victim had gone to the police, the defendant and victim had other encounters and filmed more footage and stills of their activities, this time on her mobile.

The hearing was told the woman, who claimed to be upset at the thought of what Ellis had done to her, had put information about the case online and was out for revenge.

A judge asked the court if he had any powers to stop her venting her anger over the internet, but the defendant’s counsel told him she didn’t believe he had.

Ellis, of Aintree Road, Blackpool, had earlier admitted three charges of assault by penetration and one of sexual assault, on the day of trial at Preston Crown Court.

The defendant, who had been on remand, was ordered to sign the Sexual Offenders’ Register for seven years.

The court was told Ellis took photos and videos of the sex acts, committed on two separate nights when the victim was asleep.

Not long after, he sent a message to someone, offering to exchange sexual images of the woman who was asleep.

Ellis had two unrelated previous convictions.

Elizabeth Muir, defending, said Ellis was well thought of by his friends and family. He had suffered a great deal of violence as a child and both his mother and stepfather had committed suicide.

The barrister said: “His family are deeply shocked by the fact he has found himself in this situation and he is also thoroughly ashamed of his behaviour.”

Sentencing, Judge Andrew Woolman said it was not a normal case in many respects.

He said the offences were a “substantial breach of trust”.

He said there were “many unusual features” to the case.

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